We live in the world of "egotarian cuisine," or, as Andrew Zimmern recently put it, "the age where no one is allowed to criticize the best chefs and restaurants in the world." Fair enough, we thought. Surely the best restaurants in the world can't be perfect, right? Right?
So, in order to give some really fair and balanced views of the world's best restaurants, we turned to the ever-reliable, ever-crazy customers unafraid to air their true opinions of a joint: Yelp. In a new series, we're digging through some of the most renowned restaurants' Yelp feedback to paint an accurate picture of what you're really getting for your dollar. As we suspected, Yelpers are hilariously jaded, bringing down the so-called best of the best.
While Richard Blais landed a sweet gig judging on this next Boston season of Top Chef, he landed yet another TV gig -- this time on the infamous Food Network. Could Blais, already the master of celebrity chefness (you've hit it big when you shill cat food, we guess?) give the Food Network a winning show?
Guys, this year’s GoogaMooga is already going to be a major improvement upon last year’s; for one thing, THERE ARE TRADING CARDS THIS TIME. Yup, as in old school, swap-with-your-friends-to-complete-a-set, bask-in-your-own-triumph-upon-completion trading cards.
Editorial Director Jordana Rothman paired up with Doug Cunningham to design five packs of cards, organized in part by the themed villages on the GoogaMooga grounds, with each card featuring a different chef, mixologist, sommelier, or chef-mom (!) you’re bound to find at the festival.
On the flip side of each person’s visage are stats like what they’ll be serving at GoogaMooga, Q&As, and recipes. Check out every chef card you can pick up with an excerpt from their stats below. If you’d like to see any of the cards in glorious detail, click here.